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    short - Dictionary definition and meaning for word short

    Definition
    (noun) the location on a baseball field where the shortstop is stationed Definition
    (noun) accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
    Synonyms : short circuit
    Definition
    (noun) the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
    Synonyms : shortstop
    Definition
    (verb) cheat someone by not returning him enough money
    Synonyms : short-change
    Definition
    (verb) create a short circuit in
    Synonyms : short-circuit
    Definition
    (adj) primarily temporal sense; indicating or being or seeming to be limited in duration
    Example Sentence
    • a short life
    • a short flight
    • a short holiday
    • a short story
    • only a few short months
    Definition
    (adj) (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length
    Example Sentence
    • short skirts
    • short hair
    • the board was a foot short
    • a short toss
    Definition
    (adj) low in stature; not tall
    Synonyms : little
    Example Sentence
    • he was short and stocky
    • short in stature
    • a short smokestack
    • a little man
    Definition
    (adj) not sufficient to meet a need
    Synonyms : inadequate , poor
    Example Sentence
    • an inadequate income
    • a poor salary
    • money is short
    • on short rations
    • food is in short supply
    • short on experience
    Definition
    (adj) (of memory) deficient in retentiveness or range
    Synonyms : forgetful , unretentive
    Example Sentence
    • a short memory
    Definition
    (adj) not holding securities or commodities that one sells in expectation of a fall in prices
    Example Sentence
    • a short sale
    • short in cotton
    Definition
    (adj) of speech sounds or syllables of relatively short duration
    Example Sentence
    • the English vowel sounds in `pat', `pet', `pit', `pot', putt' are short
    Definition
    (adj) less than the correct or legal or full amount often deliberately so
    Synonyms : light , scant
    Example Sentence
    • a light pound
    • a scant cup of sugar
    • regularly gives short weight
    Definition
    (adj) lacking foresight or scope
    Example Sentence
    • a short view of the problem
    • shortsighted policies
    • shortsighted critics derided the plan
    • myopic thinking
    Definition
    (adj) tending to crumble or break into flakes due to a large amount of shortening
    Example Sentence
    • shortbread is a short crumbly cookie
    • a short flaky pie crust
    Definition
    (adj) marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    Synonyms : brusk , brusque , curt
    Example Sentence
    • try to cultivate a less brusque manner
    • a curt reply
    • the salesgirl was very short with him
    Definition
    (adv) quickly and without warning
    Synonyms : abruptly , dead , suddenly
    Example Sentence
    • he stopped suddenly
    Definition
    (adv) without possessing something at the time it is contractually sold
    Example Sentence
    • he made his fortune by selling short just before the crash
    Definition
    (adv) clean across
    Example Sentence
    • the car's axle snapped short
    Definition
    (adv) at some point or distance before a goal is reached
    Example Sentence
    • he fell short of our expectations
    Definition
    (adv) so as to interrupt
    Example Sentence
    • She took him up short before he could continue
    Definition
    (adv) at a disadvantage
    Synonyms : unawares
    Example Sentence
    • I was caught short
    Definition
    (adv) in a curt, abrupt and discourteous manner
    Synonyms : curtly , shortly
    Example Sentence
    • he told me curtly to get on with it
    • he talked short with everyone
    • he said shortly that he didn't like it
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